IBM, Universities Partner on Big Data Curriculum Development; Richard Rodts Comments

IBMlogo3 EbizIBM has partnered with more than 1,000 universities around the world to develop curricula focused on big data and analytics, aiming to bridge the skills gap in these specialty areas.

The company-academic initiative seeks to help students enhance their problem-solving and technical abilities and give universities access to IBM’s software portfolio to support training programs, IBM said Wednesday.

According to the firm, career opportunities in big data and analytics are projected to reach 4.4 million by 2015.

“Leaders in business, education and government must take action to foster a new generation of talent with the technical expertise and unique ideas to make the most of this tsunami of big data,” said Richard Rodts, IBM manager of global academic programs.

Separately, IBM has awarded prizes worth $10,000 each to 14 universities for developing top-rated courses under the company’s Big Data and Analytics Faculty Awards program.

The winners submitted curriculum proposals in computer science, business administration, electrical engineering, math, statistics and strategic management.

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